EP 182: Finding Your Voice as a Nurse With Andrea Dalzell

EP 182: Finding Your Voice as a Nurse With Andrea Dalzell

Finding Your Voice as a Nurse With Andrea Dalzell

Finding your voice as a nurse is challenging for some of us. And sometimes, whenever we try to speak up, something gets in our way. Sometimes, we listen more to others than ourselves. We fail to listen to our voice and we forget that we even have one. We are caught up with so much noise and what people tell us to do.

But it is time we start listening to our own. We must find our own voice and speak up about what we want. How can we do that? Is there a process? What happens when we find our voice?

In this episode, we would like to introduce you to Andrea Dalzell, also known as @theseatednurse. She studied biology and neuroscience while earning her bachelor’s degree in nursing. Andrea was diagnosed with transverse myelitis at the age of 5 and began using a wheelchair full-time at the age of 12. She is an advocate and inspiration to many nurses around the world.

QUESTIONS FOR GUESTS

The questions below are some we’d like to tackle. We often go off-topic, so we don’t expect to hit them all. If you have any ideas, please let us know. Looking forward to our conversation!

These are the questions you had in Calendly. We’ll go off your questions and wherever else our conversation goes.

  1. Can you give us a quick bio about yourself?
  2. What was one of your biggest struggles in becoming a nurse?
  3. How difficult was it to be a nurse or land your first position in your situation?
  4. How did you find your voice through your disability? 
    1. “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Access”
  5. How are you advocating for creating more diverse and inclusive nursing environments?
    1. Disability is the fastest and largest growing minority in the world. Without disability inclusion, we could be limiting opportunities for our future selves.
  6. What is some advice you have for women who roll?
    1. Nursing can seem intimidating or unattainable to someone who uses a wheelchair because of the physical demands, but that doesn’t mean they are out of reach. 
    2. The misconception comes with the fact that a disability means you’re incapable. Not true.
  7. What are the future goals that you’re pursuing? It can be nursing or broad. 

ENDING QUESTIONS

Before we end the show, we have one last question we like to ask all our guests. If you had the opportunity to have a Cup of coffee with anybody one last time, who would it be & why? 

Catch Andrea on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook at @theseatednurse.

You can also check out her website https://www.theseatednurse.com/ and connect with her through her LinkedIn profile at https://www.linkedin.com/in/andrea-dalzell-bsn-rn-b17a75b6/

Find your voice by clicking on the full episode here 👇

TIME STAMPS:

00:00 Introduction
02:01 Going through life with a disability
05:53 Life, liberty, and the pursuit of access
07:10 Bias in Healthcare
12:09 Advice for overcoming fear and adversity
17:17 How to solve roadblocks in nursing
25:47 Overcoming the feelings of judgment
30:52 Other success stories
32:26 Finding acceptance and what is normal
39:07 Creating change for people with disabilities
41:09 How other countries accommodate disabilities
42:24 Managing time while in NP school, building a nonprofit, and starting a new career
46:55 Coffee with grandma one last time and role models
49:33 Wrapping up the episode

 

12 Nursing School Supplies You Need 

12 Nursing School Supplies You Need 

12 Nursing School Supplies You Need 

Studying as a student nurse is exciting but buying nursing school supplies is even more thrilling! Who doesn’t love school supplies anyway? I know I do! If you are excited to start your school year as a student nurse, here are twelve of the essentials you need. 

The 12 Must-haves Nursing School Supplies 

So, you are ready to start nursing school, a bit nervous, I assume? Don’t be! Going to nursing school is one of the best experiences you will ever have. And to start your year right, you must also have the right stuff. 

As you prepare for nursing school, make sure that you have these items and enjoy your time as a student nurse. 

Scrub suits

As one of the items you need, scrub suits should be the first on your list. And for a good reason, too – scrubs are the go-to uniforms for nurses and student nurses. However, some hospitals or schools require a specific color for the scrubs used. 

Once you know what color is needed, you can search for the features and the kind of fabric you want to keep you well-vented during clinical. Make sure that your scrubs have pockets, as it is essential. It will help you carry various items like pens, note pads, etc. 

If you do not know your size, take measurements first to understand how it fits you. That way, you don’t have to suffer wearing the wrong fit the entire school year!

Nursing shoes

When I was in nursing school, my aunt gave me a specific kind of nurse shoes for my clinical. I never understood why she sent me those but little did I know that wearing the correct type of shoes makes a lot of difference in your life as a student nurse. 

An aching foot is the number one enemy of nurses. Even professional nurses hate it. Choosing the right kind of shoes that fits correctly is essential in protecting your feet. Generally, you should find something that has laces. Slip-on are also excellent choices – it’s easy to wear and save you time putting them on. Shoes with loop straps are good too. 

When choosing shoes, find something easy to wash. Clog-style designs can be easily wiped down and disinfected. Many nursing shoes come in different styles, colors, materials, and makers. Make sure to choose something that is slip-resistant and comfortable to use. 

Nursing planners and notebooks

One of the essential things you must have as a nurse is your nurse planners and notebooks. If you haven’t used a planner before, you will be the moment you become a student nurse (and nurse in the future!). It is an excellent way to put all your activities and class schedules to avoid missing any. 

Notebooks are for your class notes. While we are in the digital age, taking notes can be as simple as asking for a copy through USB. However, there’s nothing more authentic than taking down notes! It is also a satisfying feeling when you have a pen in your hands to write down something important. 

Wristwatch

Sounds old school, right? But a watch is essential. A watch is needed as some hospitals do not allow student nurses to use their smartphones. Of course, for a good reason too. Mostly, it is for safety and privacy reasons. 

When choosing the right watch, make sure it is water-resistant. A water-resistant watch is excellent for procedures that may involve liquids. Plus, you don’t have to look for a clock to check the time constantly. 

Jackets and labcoats

Other nursing school must-haves are lab coats and jackets. However, this may depend on your nursing school. In my case, for example, we were assigned to use our lab coats whenever we check for our patient assignment. 

But of course, lab coats are not just for checking assignments, it is also useful when you are going into professional meetings and others. Labcoats and jackets are also great as extra layers and pockets for all your items. Make sure to add your name to it so it doesn’t get stolen or mixed up with others. 

Stethoscope

When I was in nursing school, my first stethoscope was a hand-me-down one from my aunt, a nurse. I couldn’t be happier! Of course, it was still working, and it served me well. 

A stethoscope is essential to help check for the vital signs of patients. You will also use it in your practice, so if you can afford a good one, like a Littmann stethoscope, get it. Yes, it may be pricey, but you can use it for a long time, and it will save you money. 

Make sure to personalize your stethoscope too. It will be much easier to identify it when you are doing your job.

Blood pressure monitor or BP Apparatus

A blood pressure monitor is another essential nursing school supply to add to your list. It would be best if you had this to check your patient’s blood pressure. 

When looking for a blood monitor apparatus, you will find different kinds of them. However, the sphygmomanometers have digital and manual types. So make sure you do your research first before you buy one to know how to operate it properly. 

Penlight

A penlight may be small, but it has a great purpose. This mini flashlight is a powerful tool for assessing the patient’s pupil responses. It is also helpful in checking the wounds, throat, and mouth. It is also light to carry, so make sure that you have one with you.

Scissors

Not just any scissors but nursing scissors, to be exact. Adding this to your list is essential. This type of scissors helps cut bandages, dressings for wounds, medical gauze, tubings, and so on. 

If you decide to buy one, add some medical tape or gauze. These will come in handy in the future. 

Papers and pens

What’s a nurse without her trusty pen? I know I wouldn’t say I like it whenever I lose a pen, so I have a stock of them. You can do the same. Get yourself a box of pens that you love using. It will make your life easy as a student nurse. 

Avoid using pens with caps as they can get lost easily. Aim to use clicky pens; it is more practical! In addition to pens, include highlighters, markers, and other essential school supplies that you need. 

Stock papers, too; you will need them for class and take notes at the hospital. If you do not like loose papers, find a mini notebook that you can stuff in your pocket. It will be easier to jot down a few important notes to remember. 

Nursing textbooks 

Let us not forget the most vital part of your studies – nursing textbooks. Find out what you need for the semester and check where you can buy them. You can order them online or go textbook hunting if you are up for it. 

Bag or Backpack

Of course, you cannot go anywhere without these items, so finding a reliable and sturdy backpack for your things is a must-have. Make sure to find something that is going to last for a while. It will save you money too. 

Nursing School Supplies Honorable Mentions

Besides the one listed above, there are also other vital supplies that are not so important but something you might need while in nursing school. These are: 

  • Compression socks – help prevent soreness on your legs.
  • Laptops and iPads – are needed for your research and studies. 
  • Voice recorder – if you don’t want to take notes during lectures, you can always record them; it will come in handy. 
  • Water bottle – keeping yourself hydrated at all times is vital. A water bottle that can hold enough water to last you through the day is a must. 
  • Nursing clinical cheat sheets – technically, this is not “cheating” but an excellent way to remind yourself of the critical things in nursing. If you want nursing facts at your fingertips, these are good!
  • Calculator – since some hospitals ban smartphones during clinical, you must own a calculator to help you calculate for IV drips. 
  • Foldable clipboard – will allow you to write notes, vital signs, or general writing. A small one will work fine. 

In Closing

Now that you know what nursing school supplies you need go ahead and get them. Becoming a nurse is an exciting path, and so is getting school supplies! Enjoy! 

 

 

 

 

 

6 Key Points in Nailing Your Travel Nurse Interview 

6 Key Points in Nailing Your Travel Nurse Interview 

6 Key Points in Nailing Your Travel Nurse Interview

Are you interested in working as a travel nurse? Nailing your travel nurse interview is the key to your success! But how can you do that? What are the critical points in answering an interview for this position? 

How to Prepare for your Travel Nurse Interview

Your travel nurse journey begins when you pass your travel nurse interview. Here are helpful ways to do that:

1. Conduct your research about the healthcare facility.

The first thing you must do is research the company, health care facility, or clinic interested in working as a travel nurse. For a potential employer to be interested in you, you must also show them that you share the same sentiment. 

Reading about the facility before the interview helps you know the kind of nursing services they offer. It will also give you an idea of what they are known for (ex., if they specialize in treating cancer patients, care for the elderly, etc.) and if your skills match what they are looking for. It is also essential for nailing your travel nurse interview on your first try. 

2. Get a grip on what travel nursing is.

As a nurse, your primary concern is to take care of patients. However, as a travel nurse, your contract is a bit different. Your first travel nurse job may vary from the usual staff nurse duties. Having a broad understanding of what this job is about can help you nail that interview. 

For your first interview, you must show your ability to organize and prioritize tasks even with few instructions. Your ability to adjust to different settings and willingness to float is essential to let your future company know. 

3. Ask your travel nursing agency for help.

Use your travel nurse agency if you want to pass the interview on your first try. A good travel nursing agency will help you go through the process of your initial onboarding [1]. They can walk you through what you need to know and how you can answer the health care company or facility correctly. 

Your recruiter is familiar with the clients, personalities, and even the staff. They can fill you in with that, so it is easier for you to answer questions.  It is also your recruiter’s job to act as your career coach. They can help you create a better resume and even schedule mock interviews. This way, you are fully prepared for the travel nursing interview. 

4. Create an ideal interview setup.

Understand that there will be times when the interview for your travel nursing job will not be face-to-face. Of course, there will be instances when you will be asked to come for an interview. But most of the time, it could be via video chat, phone, or video apps like Skype, Zoom, and Google Meet. 

Whether you are asked to come for a face-to-face interview or video call, you must wear clothes suitable for the interview. Wearing appropriate attire for this interview is a must. The right clothes help, of course. Keep in mind that you are a professional, so you also have to dress to impress. It will also show how confident you are. 

If, by chance, you are asked to do a video call for an interview, make sure to check your setup. Ensuring that your mic is working correctly, the audio is good, lighting is enough to light your face, the internet connection is excellent, and your camera is working correctly are essential in helping you land that job. 

5. Be ready to answer their questions.

During the interview, make sure to take the time before answering the question. Ask your travel nursing agency if they can give you an idea of the questions that companies usually ask potential nurses. Since they know the clients better, agencies can provide you with some tips on what is expected during the interview. Here are some common yet essential questions that potential clients will ask you:

  • Why do you want to be a travel nurse? – this is the part where you can “sell” yourself about your interest in becoming a travel nurse. Show your excitement and eagerness in this field, and why you chose this path, they might consider you for the job. 
  • What are your strengths and weaknesses as a travel nurse or a nurse in general? – if you decide to answer this question with a weakness, make sure to follow it with your strengths. Be sure to emphasize this strength and tell them how this has helped you in your career as a nurse. 
  • How are you in your current nursing position? – reflect on your current work status, your education, and credentials. Tell them if you have any plans for additional education or certifications in the future. 
  • Can you share or describe an experience where you have handled a difficult patient? – in this question, share any experience that you may have when it comes to handling unruly patients. Did you have a good experience? If yes, explain how it went and what you learned from that experience.

6. Don’t be afraid to ask your questions as well.

An interview is not a one-way street between you and your potential employers [2]. It would be best if you also asked questions to show them that you are genuine in your interest in working as a travel nurse. 

It is always good to be ready with your questions once you set foot in the interview room. Your questions will help you determine if this is indeed a suitable travel nursing contract to pursue or not. 

What are the most common questions you can ask your potential employer? Here’s what we have gathered:

  • What is your policy or policies regarding floating?
  • Do you use any type(s) of charting? 
  • What kind of onboarding or orientation would be available to me?
  • How long does onboard briefing take?
  • Can you describe the culture of the unit/management?
  • What shifts are available, and what are your scheduling methods?
  • Is call available? If yes, is it required?
  • What are your overtime policies?
  • Do you frequently offer extensions for contract assignments?
  • Why are you bringing in travel nurses? 
  • Why do you continue to bring in travel nurses?
  • What are the nurse-to-patient ratios?
  • Do you require a patient ratio?

You can also add your questions to our list. If you don’t have any in mind yet, this would be a great way to engage with the potential employer. 

Your Takeaway

Being a travel nurse is ideal for nurses who want to avoid hospital politics and enjoy working and exploring in different locations. If this sounds like you, it would be best to contact a travel nurse agency for an assignment. 

Before you sign a contract, an interview is conducted to see if you fit the position. Coming in ready and confident for the job is a must. Hopefully, our post gave you an idea of what to expect during the interview. So, break a leg and nail that job interview! Good luck!

 

EP 179: Healing Healthcare With Annette Tersigni

EP 179: Healing Healthcare With Annette Tersigni

Healing Healthcare With Annette Tersigni

Healing healthcare should be our number one priority. And as nurses, our health matters the most. We must take care of ourselves physically, mentally, and emotionally. While eating right and doing exercises is a must, it is also essential to take time to breathe and prepare your mind for the tasks ahead. 

Remember, our daily lives as healthcare professionals can be grueling, and our patients rely on us. We cannot serve others if we don’t serve ourselves first. It is why learning to take care of our mind and body plays a vital role in our everyday lives. How can you do this? Is there a trick to being “superhuman”? Of course not, but the good news is that there are plenty of ways to do them. 

In this episode, we would like to introduce you to Annette Tersigni. Annette is a former Hollywood actor, and Cover Girl turned nurse healer and wellness crusader. She is the founder of YogaNurse® and YogaNursing, a new movement in health care, nursing, and yoga. For 25 years, she has motivated thousands of nurses, patients, and students to live more enlightened, healthful, and spiritual lifestyles. 

We talk about how nurses handle trauma and the powers of mindfulness and wellness. 

QUESTIONS FOR GUESTS

The questions below are some we’d like to tackle. We go off-topic, so we don’t expect to hit them all. If you have any ideas, please let us know. Looking forward to our conversation!

These are the questions you had in calendly. We’ll go off your questions and wherever else our conversation goes.

  1. When did you decide to merge nursing and yoga practices, and what inspired you?
  2. How has Yoga helped you professionally and personally?
  3. Tell us more about your teaching and how your training differs from other yoga styles.
  4. How can yoga help nurses in both their personal and professional lives?
  5. Tell us more about the YogaNurse Model of Care as an adjunct therapy in patient care.
  6. How would you describe nursing leaders’ desire to support nurses’ role in contributing to yoga and nursing as a successful holistic modality?
  7. Please share your landmark news about the “Yoga Teacher Training. Exclusively for Nurses!”

ENDING QUESTIONS

Before we end the show, we have one last question we like to ask all our guests. If you had the opportunity to have a Cup of coffee with anybody one last time, who would it be & why? 

You can find Annette on Instagram at @yoganursefounder or visit her website  https://www.yoganurse.com/ or be part of her yoga academy and training https://yoganurseacademy.com/the-yoganursing-essentials-training/.

Let’s learn how we can take care of our health as nurses by watching the full episode here 👇

TIME STAMPS:

00:00 Introduction
01:52 About the guest
05:36 How did you get into nursing?
09:24 Nurses are the most trusted profession
10:09 How do you view consciousness?
11:39 All illness starts in the immaterial world
14:17 Changing the nursing conscious
15:03 How do you change trauma and heal healthcare
20:11 How do you heal the nursing consciousness?
22:11 Becoming the healer: 3 sacred remedies
26:54 Where to start awakening your consciousness
29:38 How to find your internal voice
31:56 The gap between our thoughts
35:31 How do you heal the inner child
40:08 Looping in the victim mentality
43:25 Wrapping up the episode

EP 178: How to Take Care of Your Skin With Laura Coral

EP 178: How to Take Care of Your Skin With Laura Coral

How to Take Care of Your Skin With Laura Coral

How you take care of your skin plays a role in your self-esteem. When you have beautiful skin, you also have self-confidence. Unfortunately, some of us don’t know how to care for our skin. As a result, some of us suffer from acne, blackheads, dryness of the skin, skin lesions, and other skin conditions. 

But how do you take care of your skin correctly anyway? Is showering enough? What about a skincare routine? Is there a specific way to achieve great skin?

If you suffer from bad skin, this episode is for you. In this episode, we would like to introduce you to Laura Coral. Laura is a dermatology physician assistant working at Curology and branching off to YouTube and social media to share her experience being a PA and encourage future healthcare providers to go after their dreams!

We will discuss the best skin care routines and how to decrease acne and wrinkles. 

QUESTIONS FOR GUESTS

The questions below are some we’d like to tackle. We go off-topic, so we don’t expect to hit them all. If you have any ideas, please let us know. Looking forward to our conversation!

  1. Laura can you give us a little background about yourself and how you got started in dermatology?
    • Did you go straight into PA school, or did you start off somewhere else in the healthcare field?
    • Have you always worked in dermatology? 
  2. How did you get started in Curology? 
    • Why do you like the company, and how do they personalized skincare?
  3. What are the most common skin issues you see and common ways to treat them? Dry skin, acne, pigmentation issues, etc.
  4. What are some common skin myths or misconceptions?
    • Common questions your clients ask?
    • What ages the skin and causes wrinkles? 
      1. Are there some universal products out there that can help with aging? 
  5. Do you have a skincare routine?
    • What skin products can you not live without? 
    • What are some universal products that you think everyone should use?
  6. Psychosomatic manifestations are something we’ve been curious about. It shows how powerful our mind is and the destruction we can cause to ourselves. Have you had any experience with psychosomatic disorders? 
    • A big culprit of this is unaddressed conflicts that linger on for years. How can people get over this? 
    • Psychosomatic disorder is a psychological condition involving the occurrence of physical symptoms, usually lacking a medical explanation. People with this condition may have excessive thoughts, feelings, or concerns about the symptoms.

ENDING QUESTIONS

Before we end the show, we have one last question we like to ask all our guests. If you had the opportunity to have a Cup of coffee with anybody one last time, who would it be & why? 

Connect with Laura through her Instagram at @thecoralbrief or subscribe to her YouTube Channel for more skin care tips at www.youtube.com/c/LauraCoralPAC.

Do you want to have healthy skin? Learn helpful tips by watching this full episode 👇

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZTsxpMQdG7Q

TIME STAMPS:

00:00 Introduction
01:48 About the guest
04:01 How did you get started in Curology?
05:35 Difference between face and body skin
06:42 What products to avoid
09:06 Basic skincare routine
11:20 Difference between serums, creams, and lotions
14:19 The skincare routine for you
17:05 Does applying sunscreen necessary?
21:58 Wrinkles and retinol
24:20 What causes acne?
31:44 Skincare and makeup
34:03 Laura’s skincare routine
36:10 What is a dark spot?
38:36 Scar treatments
42:19 Psychosomatic disorder
47:26 Talking about insecurities
50:02 Managing Stress
51:10 Can eyebags be treated
52:59 Wrapping up the episode